Hello guy and gals. Today I bring to you a fellow author and a friend I made through a chatroom http://www.writerschatroom.com Karina Fabian. This is my I believe second tour with her. I have read the first novel and I am happy to read the second in this book series entitled: Mind Over Psyche 2013. This the second book in the Mind Over Trilogy. If you would like please after reading this blog entry pick up the first book in the trilogy Mind Over Mind.
Today we have an interview with Karina Fabian which may be helpful for all new writers. Without further ado…
1. What one piece of advice would you offer readers who are working on their first novels?
Thicken your skin. You need critique to improve, so be ready to listen with an open mind to what your fellow writers or readers say about your work. Also, expect rejection and keep writing, anyway.
2. What is the primary source of inspiration for you?
Ack! Tough questions, because different things inspire different ideas. However, I think talking with friends is probably my best source for ideas that turn into stories. That’s why I love my writing friends, like Ann Lewis, Grace Bridges, Fred Warren, Walt Staples… And the Writers Chat Room is an excellent way to meet a group of writers (http://writerschatroom.com). In fact, TWC helped me come up with the title for the Mind Over Mind books.
3. You’ve written in a lot of different genres. What is your favorite genre to write in, and why?
I’m most comfortable in fantasy, but each genre has its own advantages. Science fiction lets me indulge my geeky side, and I enjoy learning about science and technology and figuring out what we can do with it. Devotionals let me talk unabashedly about my love of God. Horror? Well, I do humorous horror, so I have a lot fun with it. (I’m not a big horror fan.)
4. Several of your works seem to be a blend of speculative and Christian fiction. Given that the two don’t always play nicely together (The news is filled with people of faith who are suspicious or downright hostile of speculative fiction works such as the Harry Potter series), How do you reconcile these two genres?
I suppose it depends on what you mean by Christian fiction. If you mean fiction meant to convert someone to the Christian faith, or to specifically promote the Christian faith, then I have to disagree that I write that. If you mean fiction that has characters who are obviously Christians, then I can agree with that, but I find they do play well together.
Faith is part of the human experience–whether you practice, accept or reject it–and so I let my characters handle it frankly in the stories. For example, in Mind Over Mind, Joshua is a devout Catholic, although he’s slipped up pretty badly in the recent past and is still dealing with the effects of his mistakes (ie., his sins). Deryl, on the other hand, is very confused about whether God exists. In Christian fiction, he’d have to have a “come to Jesus” moment, and that doesn’t happen for him; nonetheless, Joshua talks to his girlfriend how important Confession and God’s forgiveness have been to him.
I guess I reconcile them by respecting the faiths of my characters and letting them express or not express as they and the story demand, but I’m also true to the story itself. Really, there’s no conflict as far as I’m concerned–and since all my publishers are secular (and one was an atheist), I don’t think there’s much conflict as far as my readers are concerned, either.
5. What have you done to develop your writing craft?
Practice. Get critiques–tough critiques. Take workshops. I learn best by doing and having my mistakes pointed out to me, rather than reading about theories or methods.
6. Where do you get your ideas?
All over—from TV, from conversations with friends, from something on the news (or Facebook), from another book I’ve read, from a call for submissions for an anthology… There’s actually a psychological term for it: cognitive disinhibition. People with CD do not organize/file away information as well as people who don’t have it. As a result, we have a lot of stuff floating around in our minds, synapses snapping around until they link up with something else, and BOOM! Idea! Interestingly, schizophrenics also have CD, but on a more extreme level. So to all the people in college who thought I was inhibited—HA!
7. What’s a common mistake new writers make?
Following “rules” too closely. Really, there aren’t rules, just guidelines. For example, I had a friend who tried to remove every single adverb in her novel because “the rules” say “No –ly words.” Those words are a legitimate part of the English language and used judiciously (Look! -ly word), they can have an impact.
8. You write a lot of different stuff—horror, fantasy, science fiction, comedy, devotionals… What won’t you write?
Erotica, for one, or anything with an excess of gratiutious sex or violence. I have a rule for writing: If I’m not comfortable reading it aloud to my kids, I won’t write it. I’ve put aside novels because the characters want to share more than I’m comfortable writing.
Also, I won’t write something deliberately hurtful or insulting. I don’t hold back my opinions, nor do I resist a good joke just because it might offend someone. People are too prone these days to take the most innocuous stuff personally—or “personally” on behalf of someone else or some particular demographic. I spent too much of my childhood with a thin skin; life is more fun when you realize a joke is a joke.
I sometimes take on controversial subjects. The Mind Over series has a subplot concerning abortion, for example. I try to put myself aside and stay true to my characters’ feelings and attitudes. I won’t go so far as to say I’m always balanced; again, I write what I’d want my kids to read. So, while I won’t write a pro-abortion story I also don’t cast the woman who had one as the obvious villain. Life is complex, but there is a right and wrong.
9. You often decry on Facebook that you have too many ideas. How do you decide which to write first?
I have a rubric:
1. Will I get paid? (as in right away)
2. Am I on deadline?
3. Do I have a contract or an expectation from a publisher?
4. Will it sell more books?
5. Has the story grabbed me?
Sometimes, these blur, and once in a while, they go out the window. For example, I had an idea for a flash piece that I sent to a friend’s website. It will earn me nothing, and no one was expecting it, but the idea did not want to let go.
10. Is there a world of another writer you’d like to write in?
Madeleine L’ Engle’s Time Trilogy. Daydreaming up stories about Charles Wallance is what got me started. In fact, Mind Over Mind started in high school about Charles Wallace as an adult. Of course, it has radically changed! Deryl is nothing like Charles Wallace now, and the worlds are totally different. However, I still have one story that would work best with Charles Wallace. It takes place when he’s in his seventies and must again go in and out of people like he did in Swiftly Tilting Planet. One day, I plan to write it and use technology instead of withining—unless, of course Madeleine L’Engles’ estate wants to contact me about it!
I have been invited to write a novel in another author’s universe, incidentally. I don’t want to say more, though, until we have something more concrete. Let me just say, it’s a very interesting world premise and potentially a lot of fun.
Here is a book cover of the book:
And another guest post by Karina Fabian on the novel Mind Over Psyche. Without further ado:
Interview Questions for Mind Over Psyche by Karina Fabian
1. In Mind Over Mind, you had a romance between Joshua and Sachiko. Will we see more of that in Mind Over Psyche?
No. It’s Deryl’s turn to fall in love, and it will be a very different experience from Joshua’s. For one, Tasmae is an alien. Kanaan mate for life and when they meet their soul mate, it’s usually a compulsion. They know, on a biological and telepathic level, that this is their soul mate, and they figure out the rest later. Of course, Deryl being human makes things a little confusing for both him and Tasmae. There’s more danger involved, as one or the other could drive each other insane in the literal sense. Kanaan bonding is more than joining hearts or bodies. They link minds. Readers of Mind Over Mind know that’s traumatic enough for Deryl even with limited human contact. What’s worse, however, is that Tasmae is under the psychic influence of her ancestor’s memories—her ancestor who had gone mad. Add to that the fact that some of the Kanaan close to Tasmae see Deryl as a threat, not an oracle, and you can understand why Joshua is really worries about Deryl and Tasmae ever having the chance to be alone together.
2. Joshua practices a form of psychiatry called neuro linguistic programming. He used it extensively in Mind Over Mind. Will he use it in Mind Over Psyche?
Some, but it really doesn’t work with aliens. He will, however, save a child’s life with it, and will use some techniques to help Deryl and Tasmae out of danger. This book, he also gets to exercise his musical talents.
3. What is your favorite scene?
Tasmae is deeply under the influence of her ancestor’s memories and the pain and confusion have made her violent. They’re causing Deryl pain a well, and he begs Joshua to help her. He’s a psychiatric prodigy, right? Never mind that he’s 19, an intern, has no drugs or orderlies as backup and oh, yeah, is dealing with aliens. I loved imagining what Joshua, Deryl, and especially Tasmae were thinking and doing. Crazy can be a lot of fun…when it’s not real.
4. What’s the challenge about writing about a psychic people?
They don’t communicate just in words, but also images, emotions, and simple knowing. For example, why have a name for a person when you can pass on the knowledge of who that person is? Ditto for places. However, to reach a reader, I have to use words. No one wants to read “the captain of the Kanaan guard” ten times a page, so some characters needed names, and I needed a reason for them to have one. In the end, humans and the Barin (who also have verbal language) name certain things. This will be fun in Mind Over All, because Joshua will joking name a young boy who clings to him, “Axel,” and it sticks, to Sachiko’s ire.
Also, with no written language, there needs to be a way to preserve history. This is vital in Mind Over Psyche, as memories are stored in psychic plants. You experience things as the person experienced them—no sanitizing, no skimming, no skipping the yucky parts (unless the plant allows it.)
5. Tell us about the everyn. They’re more than just small dragons, right?
Oh, yes. The everyn are part of the sentient animals species called Bondfriends. They have a symbiotic psychic relationship with certain Kanaan (also called Bondfriends). Without this psychic bonding, an everyn reverts to a fully animal state, while a Kanaan will ignore their physical state until they die before they reach puberty. Bondfriends life separate from “regular” Kanaan, who don’t’ really understand their psychic relationship. Also, because they are an animal/person mind, so to speak, they are a bit wilder than the Kanaan.
I hope both of these posts have wetted your appetite to purchase the novel Mind Over Psyche. Here is a buy link for the novel:
If you have any questions for her please don’t hesitate to respond to this interview or directly email her at her website:
· ISBN-13: 978-1897492680
Update for the blog:
Please stay tuned to here Murder on my Mind for some interesting going ons. Until then read a mystery novel.
Also please stay tuned for a book review of her novel.